The Caledonia Agricultural Society was established as a non-profit organization under the Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations Act in 1873. We are Haldimand County's oldest community organization with many member families spanning four or more generations.
While the Fair was originally held on Edinburgh Square, in 1878, with the help of MP David Thompson, the current Fairgrounds were purchased by the Society. It is a common misconception that Haldimand County owns and operates the Fairgrounds and Riverside Exhibition Centre, but the entire facility is owned and operated by the Caledonia Agricultural Society. We pride ourselves on keeping our beautiful riverfront property well groomed and maintained year round, providing a park-like setting which over 150,000 visitors enjoy each year.
In 2018, the Canada Revenue Agency granted the Caledonia Agricultural Society charitable status, allowing us further tools to continue to promote agricultural awareness and education across Haldimand County.
The Caledonia Agricultural Society comprises:
— Over 225 Members of all ages
— A twenty-five-person board of directors
— A nine-person executive
— A full-time general manager
— A full-time office assistant
— Four part-time custodians
The Society Membership elect the board of directors and executive positions each January at the Annual General Meeting. The general manager, under the leadership of the executive and board of directors, oversees the day-to-day operations of the Society. The office assistant provides administrative support to the general manager.
Doug Townson, Past President
Wendy Makey, President
Jodie Easson, 1st Vice-President
Dave Murray, 2nd Vice-President
Lori Pyle, Treasurer
Ian D. Thompson, General Manager (ex officio)
Lisa Liegler, Homecraft Past President
Beth Wise, Homecraft President
Linda Jongerden, Homecraft Vice-President
2024 Board of Directors
Three Year Term
Two Year Term
One Year Term
Ian D. Thompson, General Manager
To provide a venue to educate, entertain, enrich the agricultural experience and showcase accomplishments and opportunities.
Sustainability through reflection, innovation, relevance and community collaboration.
The health and well-being of the Caledonia Agricultural Society is achieved through a balanced application of its core values. It is the expectation that these core values will be used in the everyday practices of the organization.
Striving for Excellence
Relevance to the Community
Benefits of Fair Membership
It's not all work! When you join the Agricultural Society you become part of the "fair family", a dynamic group of over 225 members. You will learn new skills, make lasting friendships and add to the vibrancy of the community.
Other benefits include:
Complimentary admission to the Fair
Access to special members-only fair apparel
Invitation to our annual Fair Banquet and appreciation evening
Discounts on rentals of the Riverside Exhibition Centre
After your first year as a member, you become eligible to vote at the AGM in January
Annual Membership Fee of $20 for those over 18, and $10 for those under 18
Attend at least two of the four general meetings (held the last Thursday of January, April, August, and October each year)
Join at least one of the many committees.
Volunteer a minimum of 8-hours during the Fair in addition to any committee work
Sell 50/50 Fair Draw tickets to family and friends
Activities throughout the year include a variety of work-bees and:
Banquet, luncheon, and funeral catering
Riverside Eatery Scoops
Annual Spring Bash Concert
Victoria Day Fireworks
Fair Ambassador Competition
Creepy Caledonia Ghost Tours
Breakfast with Santa
Caledonia Christmas Market
In addition to volunteering during the Fair, members are required to volunteer a minimum of 8-hours at another fundraiser or event.